Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem lead Barcelona Open field with organisers hopeful event will go ahead

Dominic Thiem with Barcelona Open trophy

Barcelona Open organiseres have released their entry list for the 2020 tournament with Rafael Nadal once again the main act, but there remain doubts over whether the event will go ahead.

Nadal is the king of Real Club de Tenis Barcelona as he has won the tournament a record 11 times, but he was beaten in the semi-finals by Dominic Thiem last year.

Thiem will return to defend his title with officials confirming that six of the current world top 10 will feature as US Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev as well Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini and David Goffin have also signed up.

Former champions Fernando Verdasco (2010) and Kei Nishikori (2014 and 2015) will also be in the main draw along with young guns Felix Auger-Aliassime, Miomir Kecmanovic and Denis Shapovalov.

The tournament is due to take from April 20-26, but it remains to be seen if it will go ahead following the coronavirus outbreak across the globe.

The virus has already claimed the lives of more than 4,000 people with 119,000 confirmed cases.

Spain on Tuesday stepped up measures to contain the outbreak with the government asking all sports federations, including the tennis and football, to play events behind closed doors.

“The RFET notifies that all tennis tournaments must be played behind closed doors following the Government’s measures against the coronavirus,” Spain’s tennis federation said in a statement.

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